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12 Days of Christmas countdown #1 – Holland College Hurricanes Football win second AFL championship in three seasons

December 24, 2013

We hope you’ve enjoyed our 12 Days of Christmas feature. We’ve covered 11 of our favourite stories from the season so far, but alas, all good things must come to an end.

With that in mind, our top story from the last few months comes from the gridiron. In three seasons prior to 2013, Holland College’s football program has risen to become one of the premier sports with immediate success, with an Atlantic Football League title in 2011, followed by another championship game appearance in 2012.

The 2013 season started with a 38-34 road loss to the UNB-Saint John Seawolves, though they followed up with a 27-20 victory in their home opener against the UNB-Fredericton Red Bombers. However, the Hurricanes lost their next three games to fall to 1-4 on the season, including a 31-10 loss at home to the Dalhousie Tigers.

However, a trip to Halifax for their regular season finale turned Holland College’s fortunes around.

After going down early to Dalhousie, the Hurricanes fought back, scoring on their final two possessions, including a huge two-point conversion on their final drive to grab an 18-18 draw heading into the AFL playoffs.

The matchup wound up being a playoff preview, as well as a catalyst for the Hurricanes, using a fast start to secure a 21-16 victory over the Tigers. The win set up a trip to Saint John to battle the Seawolves with the Moosehead Cup at stake.

The Seawolves went in as a heavy favourite, having won both regular season matchups, along with the Jack Irving Cup as the regular season champion. However, the Hurricanes didn’t get the memo.

The Seawolves and Hurricanes battled hard through all four quarters, but the Hurricanes’ defence came up huge en route to a 20-12 victory to capture their second Moosehead Cup in three seasons.

This concludes our 12 Days of Christmas feature. We hope you’ve enjoyed looking back on some of these stories, and we hope you’ll stick around for more great stories as we enter 2014.

Happy Holidays from the Hurricanes!

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